When BOMA’s Village Mentors gathered in South Horr in July for a five-day training workshop, high on the agenda was the distribution of brand-new tablets. After extensive training, Mentors are now using the wireless devices to collect important data on BOMA businesses and savings groups in the field. The tablets use TaroWorks, a suite of
The BOMA Project announced a $1.9 million dollar cooperative agreement in July 2013 with the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Kingdom’s aid organization. DFID’s mission is to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty. The DFID accountable grant to BOMA will support the launch of 1,338 women-owned businesses across Northern Kenya over the
We left the village of Merrille feeling good about our new Mentor, Christopher Lepaati Meselin. Engaged and passionate about his work, Christopher covers a large territory and shares our commitment to reach out to the women in the outlying nomadic villages, where there are deep pockets of extreme poverty. Some days Christopher walks 4 to 5
Maria Lesiil is the BOMA Village Mentor in the Northern Kenya town of Archers Post. She is beautiful and charismatic and held the attention of more than fifty women for the five full hours of the savings training session. About two hours into the training, the women took a break. Helpers poured milky white tea from large jerrycans into cups
David Muchui, a blogger from Meru, posted this October 16 article about The BOMA Project: Manyatta Banking, Enterprises, Taking Root Among Pastoralist Communities A group of women guide their donkeys through the vast Kaisut Desert of Marsabit County laden with shop supplies bought from Korr trading centre miles away from their Manyatta where they are now operating kiosks.
Thanks to a generous gift from the Segal Family Foundation, BOMA has been able to hire and train a Village Mentor and launch businesses in the Archers Post area of Northern Kenya. The region is adjacent to Samburu National Reserve and so, for the first time, visitors and donors to BOMA are now able to see